Mayor passes ruling to implement KMC Act strictly

Mayor passes ruling to implement KMC Act strictly

A meeting on CDP will be held at Bangalore on December 2

The ruling was given during the general body meeting held on Monday when the house took objection to various factors in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) as well as problems relating to issue of door numbers and regularisation of residential structures. Amidst heated discussion, the opposition party members staged a walk out.

In the beginning of the meet, opposition members objected to the fact that Mangalore Urban Development Authority Commissioner has rejected all applications for construction of houses in unauthorised small layouts even when MUDA has the power to regularise the set up by receiving penalty of 15 per cent of the stamp value of the site, under the zonal regulations approved by Government of Karnataka.

“Instead of implementing the clause, MUDA has brought an order from the Urban Development Department (UDD) owing to pressure from vested interests and builders stating that all the above said files will have to be sent to UDD. This will cause undue harassment to middle class and poor families,” said Corporator Naveen D’Souza demanding an action against the officials who are working under influence of vested interests.

Responding to this Mayor, M Shanker Bhat said that a meeting of Deputy Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner and Mayor has been planned in Bangalore on December 2 to discuss CDP extensively. All the objections with regard to zonal regulations and other short comings etc will be discussed with Minister for Urban Development Suresh Kumar. “If no solution is found even after the meeting we shall take a delegation to Bangalore,” he said.

Member Mariamma Thomas said that some relaxation must be given for poor people with regard to regularisation as well as issue of door number. She questioned as to why issue of door number to poor, which is permitted in the law and which used to happen earlier by paying some amount was stopped abruptly. She said that confusion with regard to issue of door number, single site clearance and Akrama Sakrama must be cleared soon.
She further questioned the value of the rulings given by the Mayor as it is noticed that the previous rulings passed by the Mayor with regard to various other serious issues have not been implemented.

Endorsing Mariamma’s views Corporator Premananda Shetty asked the Mayor to question the officials why the rulings are not implemented.

Opposition Leader Harinath demanded Mayor that they do not want rulings but they want action.

“Take a prompt decision in this meeting whether door numbers will be issued to the poor or not. If you fail to take a decision, we will boycott the meeting,” he said and walked out of the house along with other Congress members.

Twinning programme

Corporation of Delta -Canada Mayor Louis C Jackson will be visiting Mangalore in January as part of twinning programme between the two cities. Bhat said that Mangalore City Corporation will reap benefits from the programme with regard to development.